The Week that Was

It’s 5 in the morning and Twenty had just woken me up, after relentlessly patting (?) on my face with her clawed paws (she didn’t use her claws though, and I was afraid she might because I kept on turning away from her, with my kumot on my face, but I guess she was really hungry as she wouldn’t stop until I got out of bed and put some of her cat food pellets on her food container).

I left her outside the house for a while, as I plan to go back to sleep since it is Saturday. Usually, when I’m up, I’m up, but I’m taking this day off because I’m sporting a cold and a really dry cough. It’s annoying really, but what can you do. The epidemic has running rampant at school. I caught it even after I made myself eat a whole orange by my self (I’m still learning how to peel it properly LOL) and an apple, and kept away from the faculty room if I could.

It still got to me, and now I just want to rest, drink water, and be able to breathe through my nose again. Oh, and to get my taste buds back, because seriously, eating has become more of a task now, solely to satisfy my grumbling stomach.

I’m hoping by the end of the day or until tomorrow morning, this colds/ cough would dissipate and I’ll be good to go on Monday. I can’t afford nor do I want to be absent; I’m really enjoying myself at school. The chaos, the demands, the work ethics, the community culture, the upper-middle class atmosphere, the English-speaking kids, the fun faculty, the work. These are all pretty much what I asked for, and beyond.

Since I’ve mentioned school already, let me just keep this blog updated with the goings on and highlights of this week:

Monday, July 11, 2016
Officially the start of the MI Pride Week, and we were all to show our support for our favorite teams by sporting jerseys to school. I wore my brother’s white GIlas shirt because (1) I’m not very sports-minded per se, and (2) if I were to be sports-minded, I think supporting the Philippine basketball team would be a good way to start.

Now, this day was, in my whole professional teaching life, one of the craziest, most energy draining days EVER. It has something to do with the fact that school started on July 4 (class orientation) and then we had July 5 (subject orientation). The 6th was a holiday, in respect to our Muslim brothers and sister who were celebrating the end of Ramadan. On the 7th, we were to start our lessons, but I didn’t get to finish the subject orientation so that had to be continued. I was hoping to begin the next day, but classes were suspended. (QC announced first, and I learned it around 4:30ish AM. I still had to do some work though, as it was the first time for me to do and send out the weekly progress reports).

With all that happening the week before, I think a lot of us lost our footing some where along the way. On my part, the papers I needed where first left out for photocopying (I don’t know why, since I passed them on time), and then they was an error in the printing (the paper I needed to have more copies had less, while the ones I needed to be less, were so much).

This was the day I started thinking of MI teachers being like ducks. See, ducks are known for their gracefulness in floating above the lake or river. Everyone sees them sitting on the water, looking so calm and at peace. But underneath that water, they are working hard, their big feet going up and down the water so they’ll float. Pretty much like us in MI.

No one can say we’re getting stressed out. At least I don’t think so. So despite the fact that it was the craziest manic Monday I’ve ever had in my whole teaching career (so far, I should say), I got through it, and I credit the people around me. Not once did I hear anyone say anything negative or unmotivating. Everyone was just pushing on doing the work. It’s awesome to behold, really.

Oh, and on the same day, there was a such a heavy traffic in Katipunan (as always) so I had to walk from school to almost at Riverbanks with two other co-teachers. Best way to end a crazy day.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Compared to the day before, this day was relatively calmer. Highlight of the day (and possibly of the week) was when my class, the 4A, got to visit the MI Kiosks and play the different games and activities the Council of Leaders prepared. We were the first class to go there so it was great. I got to take tons of pictures, and I even got to play Pinoy Henyo at the Word Smart booth against one of my students.

After work, the five original Marikina-bound group were reunited. Four of us got to go have dinner at McDo in Bayan, and we started talking about being a single teacher. This is a topic I’ve spent months mulling about last year, but right now, I have no time or desire to do so. Still, it felt really great that I got to talk about my, er, romantic history to others and not feel a pang of regret or longing. I’m just happy.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
I honestly can’t remember anything on this day because the next day was more exciting.

*EDIT* I just remembered: this day was United Colors of MI and my class all dressed up as pirates! I can’t believe I forgot. *sign of aging ugh*

We did eat out again, this time at KFC in Katipunan. So much for wanting to save up, right? But whatever. I deserve it.

Thursday, July 14, 2016
I had so much plans for this day, and it all went down the drain. First, I don’t skip breakfast partly because I consider it the most important meal of the day, but mostly because I don’t get to eat at lunch when the kids are still in school. But this day, I wanted to buy food outside of school. I figured I had vacant period after homeroom and I can check out Shoppersville Supermarket near our school.

But disaster struck. When I got to school, and as I was walking on the over-pass connecting Miriam College to the other side, I saw the fire trucks and dark smoke coming from Shoppersville.

It didn’t register to me (probably because I was starting to get hungry) that there was fire. I quickly walked to the school, only to find it bare of people. I figured maybe it’s because it’s still early.

Turns out the fire started early in the morning and the school have suspended the classes as the smoke was still over our building.

The faculty in the LMS were then asked to evacuate to the Upper School and we had no choice but to walk through the back and pass by the gas station beside the burning supermarket. It was scary. I think this was when I started feeling difficulty to breathe, followed by getting too cold when inside the multi-purpose hall we were asked to stay in.

Later, when the coast was clear, we got to go back. I didn’t really want to, but what can you do. I didn’t finish anything at work that day, but I still consider the whole fiasco a blessing in disguise. If I had classes that day, I would have been worse on Friday. Also, the fact that it happened early in the morning, when the kids were still at home, was a silver lining. (Although I know some people have conspiracy theories about the whole incident, even the ten-year olds in my class).

Fortunately, I got home safe at the end of the day, and there was no heavy traffic *anymore* (I’m pretty sure there was for most of the day, with all those fire trucks around!)

Oh, and I slept late that night, as I had to finish up two required documents, which I did (despite the fact that my colds were worsening). *patting myself at the back*

Friday, July 15, 2016
My primary motivation for the day was the fact that it was pay day. Just the idea that I’ll get my salary today was enough to make me push through.

Also, I have to say, I really like my kids. They’re all very smart, very assertive, very good speakers. I just need to help some of them. But at this level (Grade 4) with what I’ve seen them do (answer why questions with confidence, for one), they’re pretty much ahead of most kids I know, both at their level and some who are already in high school. It does help that we keep our class size really small. I handle 20, while the other class has 19. In a regular school, 39 is probably the smallest class size, ironically.

Since the whole MI Pride Week schedule was messed up by the unexpected class suspension the day before (and they were actually trying to avoid this, which is partly why they asked to be excused from the NAT, but what can you do, right?), they’ve decided to reschedule the last event for the week to next Friday. This gives us four more days to practice our cheer. I have to say, I’m not looking forward to hearing the cheer, no matter how upbeat it is, over and over next Friday. Still, I’m excited to practice with my Grade 4. My partner Zia has taken over for the most part, but I’m going to contribute also. Which is why I need to be better by Monday.


Which leads us to today. Saturday. Typically, I’ll spend this day working. And I probably still will. But for the most part, I’m planning to sleep. I need sleep. I think it’s because I lack sleep that I caught the colds very quickly.

For now though, I’m going to get some thing to eat for breakfast as my stomach is grumbling for attention. Taste buds, I miss you.

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Hufflepuff & Pukwudgie {Puffwudgie} – aesthetic

Hufflepuff: hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, fair play

Pukwudgie: represents the heart. favours healers.

Requested by Anonymous, @betababe-imagines & my Puffwudgie sister @kitty-tessy

Earthy and outdoors. So not me in real life, but wish it was. This aesthetic also reminds me of how much I badly want to be part of the Amity faction (in Divergent).

jak-o-lope:

Pukwudgie Common Room

Founded by James, Pukwudgie’s represents his excellent skill in stone architecture and woodcarving in its common room. Beautifully carved furniture and woodwork, highlight well-crafted masonry with walls of hewn granite stone. Deep rich cranberry

reds, (Jame’s color contribution to the school) define the accents and decor, from drapes to floor rugs, to plush sofas and chairs, and stained wood. Overall, James’s practical, fun-loving nature gives the house a look that is both expertly-crafted and homey, comfortable, clean, and well-made. 

The first thing to notice about Pukwudgie’s common room is the large hearth, always warm and lit, with plenty of room for study and socializing, the smell of wood smoke and spices drifting through the air.

A kitchen is available for those who wish to try their hand at some heartfelt home-made cooking, or practice potions for healing, and attached to it is plenty of dining space for sharing meals or the latest discovery or plan a student has made. The house itself is located on the ground floor, in easy reach of herbs for fruits from the garden.

Additionally there are quite a few surprises, born of Jame’s no-maj origins, from hidden passageways (to get from place to place easier, or to pull pranks!), to useful and even now, modern, muggle inventions, and everything could be done magically is accessible by hand, from lighting the candles to opening the drapes to let the sunlight in, truly making the space feel like it comes from the heart.

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My first Ilvermorny post and I just like how this imagined common room is so homey, and reminds me of how I pictured the Hupplepuff common room, which is my Hogwarts house.

Three Things | July 2016

  1. Prepare my baon/ dinner for the week every Sunday so I can manage my expenses
  2. Finish my first quarter requirements (lesson plans, activity sheets, etc.) in English before the end of the month.
  3. Update this blog at least once a week.

It’s been (almost) a week since July started and the new school year is on full swing. We had our Parents’ Orientation last Saturday, and then I went solo to The Feast on Sunday. We welcomed the kids on Monday and yesterday, we had our subject orientation. The original plan was to start the lessons tomorrow, but I am not yet done with the orientation so I’ll adjust it, most likely to Monday. I really need to budget my lessons today, but I’m too lazy and uninterested in doing that. All I want is to watch OINTB S4.

Still, I need to update this blog re: my three things for June. Got 2/3. I didn’t get to “carve out time” to work out partly because I was tired when I got home but mostly because I didn’t feel it was necessary, since I still walked home (more often than not) and I’ve started eating more fruits and vegetables, so… I’ll see if I can still squeeze in time to jog, because I miss it, but for now, with my feet still tired, I just want to see Piper and the rest of the bad b*tches of Litchfield.

Laters.

#Fresh2016 Highlights | 2nd Quarter

I am tired. I am in no way complaining, just stating fact. In fact, I like that I’m tired. I’ve been working my ass off and I know I deserve a break. Gratefully, today is the end of Ramadan for our Muslim brothers and sisters, and the government declared it a national holiday. I got a free break after a week plus two days of having to leave the house and face the chaos that is school.

As much as I love being a teacher, and as much as I am so so so happy I’m back to what I love the most (being a class adviser, that is), I need a break.

The thing is, I know if I don’t do anything productive today, like say, work on my lesson plans or clean my room, I might just regret it.

But then, if I force myself to do something that I don’t really want to do, because I just don’t have the energy, then my output suffers, and I don’t want that.

So that decides it. I’m going to guiltlessly take a break today, as is mandated by the Philippine government and logic.

And since I’m taking a break, I think this is the best time to do a quick recap of the recently concluded second quarter of 2016.

*Penned my first quarter highlights.Those were the days that I felt I had all the time in the world to spend on a post, and it both scared and thrilled me.

*Started working out around the village, just to pass the time doing something I knew I’d be proud of. I sort of miss jogging now, because of the adrenaline rush, the meditative feels and the ego boost it gives, knowing I survived through it, but only sort of because my feet still hurt from all the walking and standing I do everyday while commuting to and fro work.

*Attended my first Feast! I’ve been to all Sunday services since except for that one time in April when I attended the Saturday service in Sta. Lucia because I was joining the Singles Ministry’s team building the next day. The Feast has helped me stay connected to God and has made me wish for Sunday, as I now consider it my happy day.

*Went through a rollercoaster ride as I looked for another job and convinced myself it was time to go back to OLOPSC. I skimmed through my posts about it and I honestly had to cringe; I sounded pathetic and desperate, but then again, I was. I’m just so glad and grateful that God lead me to MIIS instead. I guess He was listening when I prayed for Him to lead me to where I would feel I belong the most. It’s still early to say it, but I’ll muster all my courage and do it: there’s absolutely no other school I’d rather be in.

*Signed my full-one year contract in the Multiple Intelligence International School. Didn’t tell anyone much about it, just Pami and Jhay. This time around, I am not doing anything to get attention and/ or praise, or to prove myself to anyone (including myself). This is for me in the now and in the future, armed by the things I learned the in past.

*Had a month-long break that was mostly spent jogging, wishing I was in the beach, watching shows and movies, thinking about writing, writing, chilling with Twenty and making the most of the my vacation.

*Wrote about my dad. (No links, too sad.)

*Voted. President Duterte took oath a couple of days ago. I don’t know what’s in store for us under his leadership. I have been pretty vocal on my doubts and cynicism about him. I just hope it’ll be for the better, as most people do.

*Joined the Rizal District’s Singles Ministry Team building and met a bunch of new people. I know it’ll take time for me to build bonds with more. It’ll happen. Patience is key.

*Wrote a letter to my future self. 

*Got busy with school/ work. In-service training started, and some stuff at home/ with family came up. I am still not ready to face up to them, so I’ll just keep this short and cryptic.

*Didn’t get to write about sooooo many things due to lack of time and mostly, desire to do so. I’ll probably end up regretting it, but I’m still too lazy to get into too much nitty-gritty details. Here are some of the things I thought about writing about, but never got to:

  • The fact that I know better now than to blurt out what I am thinking or worst, feeling. Filtering and screening myself takes A LOT of patience and discipline, but I know it’s for the best. 
  • My fellow new teachers and how much I enjoy getting to know them. In general, they’re all good, hardworking people. Great people to be around. Fine conversationalists. We get all well. (For now, and I’m hoping, for the rest of the school year at least.)
  • The MIIS team building, the real highlight of my summer vacation. It was hands down, the most fun school-planned team building I’ve been to in my six years of professional teaching. LMS for the win!

Looking back, I realize now that it’s been one hell of a half-year! Six more months to go for 2016. I wonder what’s in store for me…

But for now, I think I’ll go binge watch OINTB Season 4.